Famous Cannon Beach is about 30 miles down the 101 from Astoria. Which is funny, because in The Goonies, the kids ride their bikes to it. Either those kids were in great shape, or that Spielberg pulled one over on us all.
I love it when clouds do this.
We camped on the beach and found a little boat rental place that provided all of the crabbing essentials. They also cleaned and steamed your catch for you. Sounded like a good deal to us.
Emily's Crabbing Lesson 101: You mean all I have to do is throw those rings into the water...
... pull them out ten minutes later...
Let me try that.
Hmm, this is a little heavier than it looks.
Exact quote: "Waaaa!"
Maybe I should just stick to taking pictures of the wildlife.
Hey look, a brown pelican.
Back at the docks, it was time to get our crabs cooked and cleaned.
This is the part where they stab the crab's heart and give it to you to eat.
They turn such a pretty color.
Crab cakes a la Terry (and Zatarains)
I’m on a diet. Whenever I see food, I eat it.
Ahh, I crack myself up. But seriously, these days it does feel like we’re on a seafood diet. We can’t get this stuff this fresh where we live, so we have to take advantage of it while we’re here.
We were in Astoria when off in the distance, on a creaky old pier, we saw a sign for Rogue, maker of Dead Guy Ale (Terry’s all time favorite beer). Of course, we had to stop and grab a growler. When I asked where the bathroom was, I was directed to the back of this warehouse, only to discover that this is where the old Bumblebee Tuna factory was.
All of this great nostalgia and old machinery was neat to see. We decided to seek out some fresh seafood of our own. We got to the market just in time to see them filleting the latest catch.
Eating our fresh catch seaside
Imagine a magical island complete with friends, fresh seafood, sea breeze, ideal temps, clear water, great live music and bikes. Now wake up! You’re on Block Island!
Block Island is the first purely vacation-like thing we’ve done on our trip. We even left Kirbs behind, hopped on the ferry and stayed at the Narragansett Inn for the long weekend.
Cannot say enough about this island or group of people. Specifically, we need to thank Jenn & Todd for their generosity and their shared desire for all things fun! Every minute from the day we arrived to the day we left was genuinely perfect (it’s no surprise she’s a planner).
One of many great beaches on Block Island
Biking, then hiking, to the beach
Spearfishing! Pete & Pat hunt out black fish.
A lovely place to sit.
Crystal clear water
I want to scoop all of these colors up and take them home with me.
Our pad with Jenn & Todd
We try our hand at clamming. Thanks Pete & Pat for taking us!
Oops, caught a crab
Lobster Linguine with truffle oil... drooling!
Some of the gang at the 'Gansett
Block Island art
Some kids in the harbor dumped these by our feet. Yikes!